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OBITUARY – RUPERT JOHNSTON

Thomas Rupert JOHNSTON, the youngest of two children born to Herbert T. JOHNSTON and Pearl (DALE) JOHNSTON on February 2, 1916, in Grand River, Iowa, passed away May 22, 1992 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

In 1918, the family moved to Mount Ayr, where Rupert attended both elementary and high school. Playing football during his high school years was most enjoyable for him.

During the summer of 1917, he was united in marriage to DonNell COMBS. To this marriage three children were born, an infant daughter dying at birth, Kay Alice, and Steven Craig.

In 1944, Rupert’s first business venture was purchasing the Neil BOYLES oil truck. During 1946, he and his brother Raymond purchased the Firestone Store located on the northwest corner of the square in Mount Ayr. Later they sold the Firestone store to Darrell and Lena JOHNSTON of Mount Ayr and purchased the building just one block north and there established the Ford Tractor dealership. Many years later this building and adjoining lot were sold to Joe PLACE. Today the Place’s Store occupies this area.

Rupert’s severe hip injury from a car accident in 1942 kept him from a lot of physical activity but he enjoyed most belonging to and playing couples bridge and in later years pitch.

His children were his pride and joy.

Preceding him in death were his infant daughter; father, mother and brother, Raymond (Si) JOHNSTON.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Kay and son-in-law, Lyle FARIS of Mount Ayr and son, Steven and daughter-in-law, Mary JOHNSTON of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Deborah LeAnn, DiAnna and DeAnna Lyn FARIS of Mount Ayr and Ross Mitchell JOHNSTON of West Des Moines; nephews, Ronnie JOHNSTON and wife Bonnie of Decorah, Iowa, Herb JOHNSTON and wife, Mildred of West Des Moines; also a cousin, Bill JOHNSTON and wife Alice Me of Bedford, Iowa.

TOGETHER – ONCE MORE
Together we once were,
laughing, sharing and learning.
You had a way of making
me laugh when I was down.
You’ll never know just how
much you taught me.
You gave to me endlessly,
not just gifts, but values.
Thoughts of you still linger and
always will.
Your body may have left, but your
soul will remain forever more.
and together we again will be once more.
- DeAnna Lyn FARRIS, granddaughter

Funeral services were held May 26, 1992, from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Phil KINTON. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Mrs. Jim JONES and Mrs. Robert FISHER.

SOURCE: genealogical clippings of Norma G. (FOLAND) BECKER from Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, 2007

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